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Jakarta Post

Govt defends jobs law despite opposition

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas


Jakarta   /   Thu, October 8 2020   /  01:00 am
Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah, Cooperatives and MSMEs Minister Teten Masduki, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil, Industry Minister Agung Gumiwang, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly and Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Chairman Bahlil Lahadalia attended a press briefing on the Job Creation Law in the Coordinating Economic Ministry's conference room on Oct. 7, 2020. Maritime and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif joined virtually.(JP/File)

Eleven ministers in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration convened on Wednesday, lining up to defend the controversial Job Creation Law in a joint press briefing broadcast live from the Coordinating Economic Ministry’s conference room, despite public unease about the newly passed law. Ministers representing various portfolios from finance to labor and small businesses and the environment joined the briefing, each of them speaking from behind their masks as concern rose among the public about the implications of the law, passed on Monday by the House of Representatives. The omnibus law, which revises more than 79 laws and eliminates thousands of previous provisions, is aimed at boosting investment and creating jobs in Southeast Asia’s largest economy. “We believe it’s important to provide the right information so as to avoid misinf...